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causing an absolute gun frenzy in this country and how washington politicians are legitimizing them. and a state so out of control, citizens are willing to go to jail to protest the laws. you might remember this bit of comedy from the white house correspondents dinner on saturday night when president obama joked about the criticism of not working with republicans more. >> maureen dowd said i could solve all my problems if i were just more like michael douglas good evening. from new york i'm chris hayes. thank you for joining us. truly amazing stuff to cover tonight. how wild conspiracies are causing an absolute gun frenzy in this country and how washington politicians are legitimizing them. and a state so out of control, citizens are willing to go to jail to protest the laws. you might remember this bit of comedy from the white house correspondents dinner on saturday night when president obama joked about the criticism of not working with republicans more. >> maureen dowd said i could solve all my problems if i were just more like michael douglas in "the american president."
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i know michael's here tonight. michael, what's your secret, man? could it be that you were an actor in an aaron sorkin liberal fantasy? some folks still don't think i spend enough time with congress. why don't you get a drink with mitch mcconnell, they ask. really? why don't you get a drink with mitch mcconnell. >> today the president sent washington reporters scrambling with the surprise announcement of a press conference, his first since march and took a more serious tone, though the theme was familiar, repeatedly asked about the first hundred days of his second term and his failure to avert the sequester or passing gun bill, the president disabued reporters that he has some sort of magic power that he refuses to use that will alter public behavior. >> you seem to suggest somehow
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these folks over there is no responsibilities and that my job is to somehow get them to behave. that's their job. the point is that there are common sense solutions to our problems right now. i cannot force republicans to embrace those common sense solutions. >> there was not a whole lot new about all that until an amazing moment. the question turned to the issue of guantanamo and this is where the president made news today where he spoke the most passionately and expressed the most palpable frustration. as we have reported on this program, there is a growing crisis in the facility in the form of a hung are strike. yesterday we learned it is getting worse. 100 of the 168 detainees or two third of the prison population are now starving themselves. 21 of those detainees have lost so much weigh, they have been
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approved for feeding tubes. detainees are strapped to chairs and force fed and now 40 medical reinforcements have been sent to the facility including nurses and specials. the white house has not wanted to talk about guantanamo. the president's message was clear -- gitmo must be closed. >> i think it is critical for us to understand that guantanamo is not necessary to keep america safe, it is expensive, it is inefficient, it hurts us in terms of our international standing, it lessens cooperation with our allies on counterterrorism efforts, it is a recruitment tool for extremists. it needs to be closed. >> after a follow-up question about force feeding the detainee, the preds said -- president said emphatically he did not want those people to die. >> the idea that we would still maintain forever a group of
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individual who have not been tried, that is contrary to who we are. it is contrary to our interests and it needs to stop. i think for a lot of americans the notion is out of sight, out of mind. all of us should reflect on why exactly are we doing this? why are we doing this? we've got a whole bunch of individuals who have been tried who are currently in maximum security prisons around the country. nothing's happened to them. justice has been served. >> so if the president is going to take another run at guantanamo, then that is news because he has tried before. congress blocked president obama's official policy on gitmo, which is to transfer some detainees to maximum security facilities in the united states. there are 86 detainees of the 166 cleared for transfer to a detention facility in another
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nation. congress has restricted such transfers. however, congress has also granted the pentagon the powers to waive such restriction, a power the pentagon has not yet used in a single case. so as the president called everyone on the carpet for their complacency today, he also raised the question whether his administration will try to do more within its power to get at least some of these detainees out of guantanamo. >> i'm going to go back at this. i've asked my team to review everything that's currently being done in guantanamo, everything that we can do aministratively and i'm going to reengage with congress to try to make the case that this is not something that's in the best interests of the american people. >> the president may not have some ridiculous super natural
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power to impose his will on congress, but when it comes to the moral and legal crisis in guantanamo, he is far from powerless. joining me tonight from washington, former national security council spokesman for the obama administration. i want to begin with you. what was your reaction to hearing this from the president today? surprise? frustration? hope? >> chris, it was encouraging. it was an important statement. but president obama has made important statements before. and so what we need now is action to follow those very principled words. as he recognized it is not sustainable to hold over 100 people without charge in no man's land in perpetuity, particularly as the united states starts winding down the war in afghanistan, defeating al qaeda. what war are we talking about anymore? it is morally wrong and unjust.
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as someone who has been down to the base and has seen what is happening to these men right now, the answer is not we're going to keep people alive by strapping them into chairs and force feeding them. there are steps that president obama can take on his own starting now. >> so that is yet, right? you talked to the white house today, howard. >> yes. >> did they give you a sense of what the content of what those steps, affirmative steps, my look like? >> i asked them and got an explanation to the assistant of the national security adviser. she said they're going to appoint a new person at the state department to take over the role of looking through these cases. that's something they had let lapsed. >> david freed had overseen this, overseen deals to get about 40 or so folks
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transferred. he had left and not been replaced. >> the fact that they hadn't replaced them showed where their actions were. secondly, they said we admit that the pentagon hasn't done enough to look through on a case-by-case basis for possible waivers that the congress gave the administration power to do. and she said they're going to start doing that very actively. so i think the proof is going to be in the administrative actions, and the key that the president used that caught your eye and mine was the word administrative. he complained the whole time he can't get anything through congress -- >> but that's a given. >> that's a given. let's see who he picks because there's a balance between the risk of that and the risk that we're losing the diplomatic war around the world. >> tommy, you were just nodding
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your head when pardiss was giving a litany of the moral crisis that was guantanamo, you were spokesperson for the nsc. what is your sense of who bears responsibility for this and do you think this is a stain on the u.s. at this point and on the administration? >> short answer is yes. i mean, i think that this talk of all these executive actions we may or may not be able to take to close guantanamo makes me a little bit nervous because the provisions in the defense authorization bill that made it impossible to use funds to transfer individuals to the united states that, made it incredibly difficult for the administration to transfer people overseas to other countries, and by the way, those countries aren't exactly wild about having individuals transferred to them make them
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incredibly difficult. it rendered the facility completely useless because we can never send anybody there again because god forbid they're innocent, there's no way to get them out. at some point along the way this went from an issue where republicans and democrats agreed it was in our national security interest to close the facility. republicans started to see this as a way to attack the president's national security record and i think it's shameful. and it's sad but congress needs to move on this to make any meaningful action. >> that's the line is that congress needs to move on it and it is true there have been these restrictions put in place. i want to lay them out and then i want to you respond to tommy. >> the secretary of defense in consultation with the head of the state department can sign
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waiver. but they have to stipulate to a whole variety of things, basically saying there is a low risk of this person "returning to the battlefield," assuming the person was on the battlefield to begin with, which in many cases is probably not the case. we cannot stipulate, we don't have the work product coming from the intelligence community that will sign a waiver to do this. it is on congress's doorstep. >> there are steps that allows the second to certify -- before these restrictions went into place, the united states transferred dozens of people. it sent six people back it yemen. the sky did not fall. there were arrangements the secretary of state made in consultation with host countries. there are dozens of people, our clients included, who are living
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in portugal, albania, cape verde, who are living there, rebuilding their lives without incident. the administration knows how to do this. >> can i say that we sent our justice reporter, ryan riley down to guantanamo twice in the last few months and i spoke with him this afternoon. he said the conditions there are just awful. they've closed every common facility. people are isolated, people are dying or close to dying. we need to remember that as we watch a game of political hot potato here that both the administration and the congress are complicit in. i think the person i spoke to at the national security office this afternoon was frank in saying that they hadn't done enough, that the administration had not done enough to push the envelope on the waivers. they admit that. they had to admit that once the
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president said he was going to look at administrative measures again. well, what are they? they got to do that. >> and it is absolutely not enough at this point to just look at these cases again. there isn't time for that, as howard was saying. there is a crisis at guantanamo right now the administration spent from 2009 to 2010 reviewing those cases and making decisions and that resulted in -- >> it's almost the decision they couldn't carry them out. >> people who want to see guantanamo closed and are sympathetic to the president, their read is if the president could wave a magic wand, he would do that but he's hemmed in by congress and crucially the politics. is that your read on it, that they are worried they'd send someone back to yemen and lindsay graham takes to the microphone and it becomes a huge
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opportunity for everyone to demagogue and the politics of this become terrible? >> first of all, lindsay graham's title should be demagogue, not senator. that's all he does these days. it is awful and has no place in this debate. yes, the administration did transfer a number of individual to european countries. in candor, that was some of of the lowest hanging fruit, the safe individual, those who were innocent or posed no threat. yemen, there was a self-imposed restriction because of instability. the good news is things are getting better, there's more security, we're working better with their forces. but it is a real concern, the idea of transferring 56 hardened individuals, maybe some aren't hardened but 56 individual from gitmo back to yemen with that
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recidivism risk. it's also a huge onerous position on the secretary of defense to sign a waiver provision basically saying i have a magic eight ball and i can tell threw is no recidivism threat in the future. the president today was clearly angry. he want his administration to do more and that's a good thing. that's a good sign for everyone. >> can you just respond to that, pardiss? members inside the intelligence community and people inside the white house don't want to let go of the fact that if you don't have enough to try someone, you cannot keep them. and, yes, there may be some risk. we don't know what people do in the future but that is risk that you just have to suck it up and take. >> i think that is absolutely right. there is no one in the administration who is going to be able to guarantee that this
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people or anyone never commits
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quick update to our top story to last night's program. >> today the senator posts "nothing like waking up to a poll saying you're the nation's least popular senator. given the public's dim view of congress in general, that probably puts me somewhere just below pond scum." notwithstanding the polling firm's leftist bent, i would assume my poll numbers have indeed taken a southerly turn since my vote about the background proposal. it was a popular amendment and i voted against it." >> yes, it was and yes, you did. his page has just under 20,000 likes, which is about 7,000 more than we have. so if he's just below pond scum,
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what does that make us? help us out, people, please. i'll repay you with an amazing story of cronies on skis next. looking to reign in the bank's label "too big too fail." . take a politician who was willing to criticize the financial industry. he voted against the 2008 bank bailout, railed against the too big too fail maximum and then a funny thing happened. he is now the chairman of the house services financial committee and here's the result when he mitigated to the center of financial power. he now opposes the idea of downsizing banks. enlarged or painful breasts; problems breathing while sleeping; and blood clots in the legs. common side effects include skin redness or irritation where applied, increased red blood cell count, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, and increase in psa. ask your doctor about the only underarm low t treatment, axiron.
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he is now the chairman of the house services financial committee and here's the result when he mitigated to the center of financial power. he now opposes the idea of downsizing banks. how does somebody like jeb get to that place? an examination of his campaign finance filings show just six weeks after become financial services chair, he was joined by representatives of the banking industry for a ski vacation fund-raiser at a posh park city, utah resort. more than a hundred people enjoyed the weekend, paid for by his political action committee. a lobbyist from the mortgage bankers association donated $5,000 to hensarling and
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february. also present, a representative from visa, a $5,000 donor. he received more than $1.3 million from big finance in 2012. this is the way business is done. a routine manifestation of political coziness. joining me right now, gary rivlin author of the cover story in "nation." we've reached out to the congressman and did not get a response. gary, i want to read a quote from your piece. there are so many different ways after dodd-frank, the wall street financial bill that was passed and signed by the president, that the banks have made runs at trying to limit, curtail and kneecap the reform. the first place that start is in the house financial services committee itself, which became controlled by the republicans after the 2010 election. he writes "wall street's primary beachahead for fighting
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dodd-frank has been the house committee on financial services. hensarling wasn't the chairman initially but it looks like he will continue in that mode. >> you've got the committee to introduce bills able to undo parts of dodd-frank. you've got congress and, like, okay, congress passed this bill, we don't like it in 2010, let's see if we can get some bills, just technical correction, we just want to fix some this evenings -- things. >> are those fights working their way out into legislation that has a chance of stopping? or has the committee played the kind of role of a kind of theatrical source to get people to come in and rail against dodd-frank and how it's hurting people? >> there are some who call the routine you're talking about just, you know, a fund-raiser bill. we're going to put a bill that's
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going to make a bank happy. it's not going to get anywhere but we'll put it out there. it's almost three years since dodd-frank. it's almost five years since the meltdown. so there's a real worry among consumer advocates that with so much time passed that maybe they'll pick off some democrats. who's kidding who? the democrats are getting the $5,000, $10,000, $20,000 from goldman sachs. >> big checks from the finance services industry are not at all limited. >> so some of these bills won't get anywhere but there are bills that have democratic co-sponsors and there is some concern among advocates, lobbyists for the other side. i think what the hensarling story underscores for me is the inequity here. i added up the lobbyists with the top five consumer advocate groups in d.c. and it has 18.
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goldman sachs alone has more than 50 lobbyist, j.p. chase alone has over 60 lobbyists. we're talking about unequal warfare here. >> i think what's so interesting about the article and i would tell people to definitely check it out. we talk about campaign finance as part of the problem. but the inequity is so massive that sense that you get in the lobbying on congress then carries over to things that happen in the regulatory facet and in the courts as well. >> i wanted to find the one regulatory agency where someone was really trying. so the cftc, they're right at the center of this, they're derivatives control. what's he able to do? he said i want to have an open door. anybody who wants to come in and talk about derivative reform can come and see me. and what happens? >> you know who --
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>> they have a staff of 12 from new york who can fly down and u.s. perg has two meetings over a three-year period. >> gary rivlin, great piece. thank you very much. >> up next, a truly insane build introduced in congress that the "all in" staff seriously did not believe was real. no, really, we were convinced it was from the onion. coming up. >> i am a smart guy. the i'm not person that said the fbi blew up the people at the boston marathon. i'm not saying people in the fbi blew up innocent people. you're saying that. that's what makes you a dumb ass. now why you are you in my [ bleep ]ing neighborhood? >> it's one thing when false flag notions are kept to the conspiracy-minded fringe. it's another thing all together when these things are oozing into the republican party and halls of government.
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new hampshire represent stella tremblay. >> what am i going to apologize for? for asking questions? >> the old asking questions. questions are fine, even questions that lead people to think what in god's name are you talking about?
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>> i am a smart guy. the i'm not person that said the fbi blew up the people at the boston marathon. i'm not saying people in the fbi blew up innocent people. you're saying that. that's what makes you a dumb ass. now why you are you in my
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[ bleep ]ing neighborhood? >> it's one thing when false flag notions are kept to the conspiracy-minded fringe. it's another thing all together when these things are oozing into the republican party and halls of government. new hampshire represent stella tremblay. >> what am i going to apologize for? for asking questions? >> the old asking questions. questions are fine, even questions that lead people to think what in god's name are you
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talking about? her post on glen beck's facebook page didn't look like a question to me "the boston marathon was a black ops terrorist attack, drones and now terrorist attacks by our own government." state representative tremblay is not the only legislator parroting conspiracy theories. a state legislator is another thing. the united states senator is another. which is what makes the actions of senator inhofe so troubling. dhs wants to buy more than a billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years, which the department says it will use for law enforcement agents in training and on duty the reason the dhs says it is stockpiling the ammunition because like going to costco, it's just more economical
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sometimes to buy in bulk. when this totally logical explanation was challenged, dhs responded with a letter that read in part "dhs routinely established strategic sourcing contracts that combine the requirements. it makes sense for the fiscally-minded conservative. they introduced the ammunition management for more obtainability act 2013 too put caps on the amount of amio federal agencies could buy. the conspiracy theories claim the u.s. government is gearing up for an arms race against the american people and most recently this kind of talk has been all over the drudge report. >> what's the government arm against? the american people. who do they say the terrorist threat are? conservatives, libertarians, gun
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owners. here's our article. "homeland security purchases 200 million more rounds of ammunition. i want to thank the drudge report and drudgereport.com for covering it. and then we have the house hearing. >> when forbes magazine or drudge start repeating the and then we have the house hearing. >> when forbes magazine or drudge start repeating the numbers -- >> i don't know if i would put forbes and drudge in the same sentence.
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>> their attempts to rein in the government from stockpiling ammo seems perfectly reasonable. >> two oklahoma lawmakers think they have a solution to what they call a shortage. >> senator jim inhofe and congressman frank lucas recently introduced a bill that would limit the amount of ammunition federal agencies can buy, hoping to increase the supply for the rest of us. there's a two box limit at big boy's gun and ammo in oklahoma city and at other gun shops. many fear the government could be stockpiling ammunition and preventing the public from doing the same. >> i don't live in oklahoma and
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it been quite some time since i tried to buy ammo there but it's possible there are genuine ammo shortages. there might be some other reasons than the government stockpiling it. one, the introduction of federal gun legislation sent gun buyers across the country running to stores to stock up on ammo, afraid that congress was going to try to keep it out of their hands thanks to a lot of fear mongering from the gun lobby. we get a perfectly closed loop in which the paranoid conspiracy theories fuel an ammo shortage which fuel further conspiracy theories. or maybe ammo is in short supply in oklahoma because they tend to use a lot of it at events like the full oklahoma auto shoot and trade show. >> all right. i am not going to front.
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that looks like a whole lot of fun. what isn't fun are united states congressmen using their privilege and power to craft legislation to cater to the darkest, fringiest elements in politics. we'll be right back. these people were all arrested yesterday in an act of civil disobedience and it is the bonkers law making going on in
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the internet today, the saga of mark sanford continues to unfold in south carolina. last night viewers could watch the debate between sanford and his opponent elizabeth colbert busch. >> when we talk about fiscal spending and we talk about protecting the taxpayers, it doesn't mean you take that money we saved and leave the country for a personal purpose. >> she went there, governor sanchez. >> i couldn't hear what she said. >> as we say in the bronx, "oh, no she didn't." >> and hustler publisher larry flint says he is supporting sanford. you can find all the links for tonight's click three on our web site. we'll be right back. this morning reverend william barber, the president of the north carolina naacp woke up
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in jail after being arrested yesterday along with 16 others, including this woman seen here in a wheelchair. the two were arrested as part of a direction action of civil disobedience on the steps of the capital in north carolina. north carolina is a state that to everyone's surprise went blue in 2008 and was narrowly carried by mitt romney in 2012. but a state that since the election of republican governor in 2012, has turned into [ male announcer ] away...
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in 2008 and was narrowly carried by mitt romney in 2012. but a state that since the election of republican governor in 2012, has turned into distoppia. hundreds of millions in cuts to unemployment benefits, drug tests for welfare recipients, a proposal supported by the
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governor to eliminate the state taxes of the 123 wealthiest in the state and a tax hike on 900,000 working people. there's proposals to limit access to abortions and an ill-fated effort to make christianity the state religion. there's everything from a voter i.d. bill to propose as to cut voting and same-day public registration. attention transferred into a fear backlash that turned into higher black voter turnover than white for the first time in history. this is precisely why the efforts in north carolina to suppress the votes are so important to pay attention to and it's why to their credit groups like the naacp and advancement project are mobilizing in north carolina to fight back when it matter the most.
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president william barber was released today and he joins me here next. north carolina republicans are going hard after state voting rights. joining to us talk about it from north carolina is the reverend william barber, president of the north carolina naacp. he was arrested yesterday at the statehouse. reverend, i'll begin with you. my first question for you is this: if a skeptical person looks at what's going on in north carolina and says, look, this is why we had elections, we had elections, the republicans won, they won the governorship, they haven't had it since 1988, they've got all three branches of state government for the first time in over i believe a century and now you have to live with the consequences because
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north carolina republicans are going hard after state voting rights. joining to us talk about it from north carolina is the reverend william barber, president of the north carolina naacp. he was arrested yesterday at the statehouse. reverend, i'll begin with you. my first question for you is this: if a skeptical person looks at what's going on in north carolina and says, look, this is why we had elections, we had elections, the republicans won, they won the governorship, they haven't had it since 1988, they've got all three branches of state government for the first time in over i believe a
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century and now you have to live with the consequences because that's the way democracy works, what do you say to that? >> i would say the reality is that's not how government is supposed to work because even when you have a majority, can you not violate the constitution. this group of legislators are acting like they're the george wallaces of the 21st century. you gave the litany of all of the policies that they are in passing, 500,000 people will lose their medicaid on january 1st, 2014, 165,000 unemployed workers will lose their unemployed benefits on july 1st of this year. and then the slew of voting rights attack, which not only violate the 15th amendment, 24th amendment but also variety late
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our state constitution, which has been in place 145 years. a majority does not give you the authority to violate the constitution. so what they're doing is they are passing unconstitutional and uncivil laws. that's why there's so much passion, black and white and latino and young people, a woman in wheelchair, preachers who have been the first wave of our continuing strategy. this is not a beginning of mobilization for us. we brought 20,000 people to the legislature in february, 500 activists on the floor in march and now we've said we're wee also going to engage not only in a legal strategy but also with moral strategists, civil disobedience. there will be another wave next week and another wave. we will dramatize the cruel and
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unusual policy going on in north carolina. >> the more i read, i more i couldn't believe what was going on in north carolina. >> this is what we knew art pope would do. >> explain who art pope is. >> he founded afp north carolina. he also owns dollar stars and says you cannot franchise my dollar store unless your community is a quarter black and 50% poor. he takes that money and invests in right-wing think tanks and then he becomes the budget director. >> he has a lot of money, he seed as lot of money into conservative think tanks and causes. he's now the budget director in the state of north carolina. it would be as if scott walker turned and said to charles koch, come and be my budget director. >> he was eviscerating the state law that blocks the state from funding the resegregation of its schools. number two was voter i.d. you have this guy pulling all these things who is also the number two was voter i.d. you have this guy pulling all these things who is also the state budget director. >> what's really important to remember is how much north carolina is an outlier and how much it is out of step. if you look what the state legislatures across the country are doing, some are introducing restrictive legislation but the
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vast majority of the voting bills introduced are progressive. >> is that true? >> it is. there are close to 200 pieces of legislation in more than 45 states that have been introduced. we've seen some pass. in new mexico they're debating a very expansive bill in colorado at the moment. a bill that is so expansive, it's going to affect poor people, people of colors, people with criminal convictions, you have to ask what are people doing. >> there are two very different currents happening at the same time in this country. we've won huge victories that have pushed voting rights forward in recent weeks. we've also had huge setbacks, like virginia, who essentially killed voter i.d. last year, adopting a strict voter i.d. law this year.
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this is a civil war. >> it's one we cannot win. >> can i step in? >> please, reverend. >> what we see happening in north carolina is a reaction to our success. we built a coalition over the last few years and that coalition of a hundred branches of naacp, 147 coalition partners, we built this coalition, we won same-day registration, we won early vote, we won sunday voting, pushed forward with more funding for education. it's almost as though for these people it represents a third reconstruction and they're reacting to this now because they know with the dynamics in the state and changing electorate, their time period is limited. black people represent 25% of the electorate. 70% of black people voted in 2012 and 65% of north carolinians. with the changing electorate, the time of ultra conservative and the silent south is almost over. this is a power grab to try to stop a future they cannot stop.
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>> is there a big regional difference in terms of the way the laws are going? >> that's not the kind of difference that we see. what we do see is where there are places on the ground where people have been able to be successful in terms of using the courts. one thing that i think we should all remember comes under the voting rights act. it would be very difficult for a number of these laws to be able to demonstrate it's not going to make minority voters worse off. i wonder if cynically perhaps some are presuming there's not going to be a voting rights act to stop it. >> in north carolina they also have to understand, and this is important for the national audience, 145 years ago, there were things placed in our state constitution. they are violating -- states rights people are violating the state constitution. >> i'm glad you're out of prison today. that is all for this evening. the "rachel maddow show" starts
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now. good evening, my friend. >> good evening, chris. thank you for staying with us this hour after what has been a very, very busy news days. today the food and drug administration said said americans can purchase over the countera one pill drug that if taken three days after sexual intercourse can help prevent an unwanted pregnancy. it's emergency contraception. for political and not scientific reason, the bush administration and then obama administration had previously refused to let anyone under 18 buy it over the counter. today the fda said 15 will be the age limit. the fda director said access to this emergency contraception like this one pill plan be contraception has the ability to decrease unwanted pregnancies in the united states.